Business ideas to be considered at forum

Forum in response to the launch here of Tuawhenua Provincial Growth Fund.

Forum in response to the launch here of Tuawhenua Provincial Growth Fund.

A Mayor’s forum to consider “spade-ready” business ideas will be held at the Gisborne District Council chambers on Monday.

The forum is in response to the recent launch in Gisborne of the Government’s Tuawhenua Provincial Growth Fund, and is aimed at businesses with ideas suitable for funding under the new $1 billion-a-year growth fund.

Activate Tairawhiti is assisting the Mayor in hosting the forum and general manager Steve Breen says the launch of the fund is a significant opportunity for the region.

“Through this fund we have an opportunity to develop sustainable projects that will support the production of higher-value goods and services, and attract a higher income for our residents.

“The Government is keen to support our region’s growing prosperity and is looking for practical opportunities to do that.”

The forum will provide an update on the Government’s processes under the fund.

“If you have ideas suitable for the fund, get them ready as soon as possible,” Mayor Meng Foon said.

The region has projects of scale, primarily infrastructure-related and priorities in the Tairawhiti Economic Action Plan (TEAP). says Mr Breen.

“These will feature highly in negotiations with Government, however they are enabling resources.

“The real value will come from the businesses and entrepreneurs who will use that infrastructure to generate wealth. That will require the Government and the region to work with businesses to support their efforts.”

Mr Foon says the forum is the first public step the region is taking to bring this effort together.

“We have a team making submissions based on the priorities identified in the TEAP.

“But we would like to provide a forum for the small business to gain information and have a pathway to the fund.

“Minister Shane Jones has indicated he wants action and I am looking forward to facilitating the forum.”

The independent advisory panel for the Provinicial Growth Fund met for the first time yesterday in Wellington. Activate Tairawhiti chairman John Rae is on the eight-member panel.

  • Mayor’s forum, Gisborne District Council Chambers, Monday March 19, 10am-midday. ​

A Mayor’s forum to consider “spade-ready” business ideas will be held at the Gisborne District Council chambers on Monday.

The forum is in response to the recent launch in Gisborne of the Government’s Tuawhenua Provincial Growth Fund, and is aimed at businesses with ideas suitable for funding under the new $1 billion-a-year growth fund.

Activate Tairawhiti is assisting the Mayor in hosting the forum and general manager Steve Breen says the launch of the fund is a significant opportunity for the region.

“Through this fund we have an opportunity to develop sustainable projects that will support the production of higher-value goods and services, and attract a higher income for our residents.

“The Government is keen to support our region’s growing prosperity and is looking for practical opportunities to do that.”

The forum will provide an update on the Government’s processes under the fund.

“If you have ideas suitable for the fund, get them ready as soon as possible,” Mayor Meng Foon said.

The region has projects of scale, primarily infrastructure-related and priorities in the Tairawhiti Economic Action Plan (TEAP). says Mr Breen.

“These will feature highly in negotiations with Government, however they are enabling resources.

“The real value will come from the businesses and entrepreneurs who will use that infrastructure to generate wealth. That will require the Government and the region to work with businesses to support their efforts.”

Mr Foon says the forum is the first public step the region is taking to bring this effort together.

“We have a team making submissions based on the priorities identified in the TEAP.

“But we would like to provide a forum for the small business to gain information and have a pathway to the fund.

“Minister Shane Jones has indicated he wants action and I am looking forward to facilitating the forum.”

The independent advisory panel for the Provinicial Growth Fund met for the first time yesterday in Wellington. Activate Tairawhiti chairman John Rae is on the eight-member panel.

  • Mayor’s forum, Gisborne District Council Chambers, Monday March 19, 10am-midday. ​
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